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Chapter 310: Academic Tenure Regulations

310.025 Extension of Probationary Period for Faculty on Regular Term Appointment

Executive Order No. 26, 3-18-94; Amended 2-9-17.

  1. Chancellors shall have the discretion to grant extensions of the probationary period for tenure to faculty members who encounter circumstances which may substantially interrupt their ability to make progress toward tenure. Possible reasons for granting an extension of the probationary period include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, serious illness, or care of an invalid or seriously ill spouse, partner, parent, child, or other close dependent. Other reasons may be considered.
  2. A faculty member who receives an extension but is not on leave of absence will continue to perform regular duties. A maximum of two one-year extensions may be granted during the probationary period, except further extensions may be granted as required by law.
  3. The authority to grant extensions of the probationary period shall rest solely with the Chancellor. Chancellors are encouraged to appoint a faculty committee to review and offer advice on requests for extensions of the probationary period. Extensions shall be requested by formal written request to the Chancellor. The Chancellor will submit a report to the President in June of each year which will include a listing of all requests submitted and requests granted during the prior academic year.
  4. Extension of a faculty member's probationary period shall have no adverse effect on the tenure decision. A faculty member who has received an extension shall not be prevented from being considered for tenure at an earlier time during the probationary period.
  5. This guideline does not address faculty leave, nor does it affect any existing policy or policies relating to faculty leave.

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